Seven Memphis Hotels Shut Down as Public Nuisances

Seven Memphis Hotels Shut Down as Public Nuisances

Memphis police and the District Attorney's office shut down seven hotels Friday, declaring them a public nuisance.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Memphis police and the District Attorney's office shut down seven hotels Friday, declaring them a public nuisance.

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich announced at a May 24 news conference that the following businesses had been closed:
  • Memphis Inn, 4879 American Way
  • Southeast Motel, 3466 Lamar Avenue
  • Bellevue Inn, 1250 South Bellevue
  • Rainbow Inn, 640 Breedlove
  • Airways Inn, 2375 Airways
  • Deluxe Inn Motel, 3733 Jackson
  • Summer Motel, 3025 Summer

Investigators say the hotels were illegally charging hourly room rates to facilitate prostitution, and officers were called to the hotels for a barrage of offenses. Between July 2011 and March 2013, police responded to incidents of rape, sodomy, robbery, aggravated assault, and numerous other crimes.

“Business owners who encourage and allow criminal activity must be held accountable," said Weirich. "We are not going to sit back and allow them to make a profit at the expense of public safety."
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